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Justbec's Odd and Unusual Info of the Day - 5/21


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Dumbledore
(DUM-bul-dor)
Noun:
-A bumblebee.
-Any of various large, hairy, often black and yellow bees of the genus Bombus.
-A beetle, typically a cockchafer or dung beetle.
-A dandelion.
-A blundering person.

From Old English "dumble", variant of "drumble" - to move sluggishly + "dor" - humming insect.

Used in a sentence:
“A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter--winged, horned, and spined -
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While 'mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands . . . “
‘An August Midnight’ by Thomas Hardy

This word refers to those furry little bees that look like flying hamsters. They have also been known as humblebees or drumbledranes. The name is onomatopoeic in that it is meant to imitate the sound of the insect’s buzz. The “dore" part is an Old English word for any insect that flies with a loud humming noise.

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